Infected Western Md. Animal Shelter Reopening

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Allegany County officials say they’re preparing to reopen the county’s animal shelter two months after a disease-related shutdown.

Emergency Management Division Chief Dick DeVore told the Cumberland Times-News Monday that operations should return to normal by the end of the week.

Officials say more than 50 cats and one dog either died or had to be euthanized after coming down with a virus.

DeVore says the shelter has an abundance of animals to adopt out or transfer to rescue organizations.

The shelter adopted a no-kill policy for healthy animals last year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Jim

    Uhhh, what virus was it? Nice work, ‘JZ…..

  • colliemom

    My exact thought; why write a story and not explain what the infection was, what causes it and what measure they took to correct it? WIthout that info, the story has no relevancy or interest.

  • trap

    Cause : overcrowding. Why No-Kill doesnt work if you accept all animals.

    • MDF


  • maryland dog fed

    Your claim could only have merit if non no kill shelters don’t have closures due to outbreaks and that would be a false statement. Disease comes into a shelter …all shelters …every single day. The goal is to constantly tweak c and d protocols and find stasis between health and population. It CAN be done and many good shelters do …without needlessly killing homeless pets It’s very common for the no kill. Nayers to make this claim. More good adoptions is a good thing. It’s so strange how many national animal rights organizations are so against shelter animals having a second chance at a good life

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